A GODly perspective on a weekend of terror.

Running from the mall in Kenya

Running from the mall in Kenya

Just posted the news on a church bombing in Pakistan just today.  As I said in that post, while it has become almost normal to hear that kind of news in Northern Nigeria, that type of news in always received with sadness. On saturday, the still unfolding mall shootings in Kenya began, also  carried out by terrorist Somali Islamic fundamentalists. They reportedly asked Muslims to leave, and shot anyone who did not know the name of  Prophet Mohammed’s mother.  And these scary things are happening just a few days after a devastating attack  by Boko Haram on soldiers and innocent motorists  along a major highway and Benisheik village in Borno state. This is a terrifying dimension of terrorism. Because we all go shopping, we all watch movies, we all go to church, and we all travel. The Boko Haram terrorists actually pulled people out of their cars and shot them. Imagine the horror!  I spent most of yesterday following the Kenya mall shootings (still not fully resolved), and I almost did not want to go to church today. A lot of what if scenarios start to go through one’s mind, and you can almost live a paralyzed life if one is not careful – a life dominated by fear.  So how should we as Christians think about these things?

Psalm 46

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;

Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.

There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High.

God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early.

The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, the earth melted.

The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.

Come, behold the works of the Lord, what desolations he hath made in the earth.

He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire.

10 Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.

11 The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.

 

Shoppers being escorted out of the Kenyan mall by soldiers

Shoppers being escorted out of the Kenyan mall by soldiers

We will not live in fear. We will go out and live our lives. We will do what we need to do. We can do this because we know that

Phil 1:21

21 For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.

I cannot imagine the horror in that mall today, or in that church, the same terror so many Nigerian Christians have been experiencing via Boko Haram. If we understand anything about end time prophecy, we know that we are living in dangerous times. Yes, we need to take proper precautions to safeguard life as much as is feasible, so don’t act foolishly or rashly. For instance, there are some states in Nigeria that I will personally not visit , just because those places are so dangerous. But we also cannot become so cowed, so afraid that we cannot function.  Go out and fulfill your destiny.

Matthew 10:28

And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell

All these happenings though should tell us something. The days are evil and the devil  and agents are ramping up their activities. These are not the days to live casually or purposelessly.

Eph 5: 15-17

 See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, 16 redeeming the time, because the days are evil.17 Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 

If we have any Kenyan readers, please accept our most sincere condolences. Unfortunately, in the days we live in, these things will increase in frequency and intensity. From random shootings in the US, to suicide bombings in the Islamic world, much danger abounds these days. Don’t live casually. Live meaningfully. Let your life count for something. And don’t be afraid, because your life belongs to GOD. GOD help us all.

 

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